A OXFORD theatre is gearing up to celebrate its 80th birthday and is calling on play-lovers to share their memories.

In October 2018, Oxford Playhouse will celebrate eight decades of drama in Beaumont Street.

The theatre will use the anniversary to reflect on the many stories of debuts, disasters and standing ovations.

A host of star thespians have graced the stage of the playhouse since it opened in its Sir Edward Maufe-designed building in 1938 including Rowan Atkinson, Ronnie Barker, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Dudley Moore and Maggie Smith.

It also retains close links with Oxford University and is the host stage for the dramatic society.

As part of the celebrations, the Playhouse team is calling on audiences to share their memories.

It wants performers, members of staff, volunteers and people who have attended plays at the theatre over the decades to tell their tales - both old and new - of time spent at the Playhouse.

A statement said: "These could be memories of your favourite show, performers then unknown but now famous or friendships made through coming to the Playhouse."

Full details of the Playhouse’s 80th Birthday programme of events will be announced in June and will include four special co-productions as well as a celebratory gala on Sunday, October, 21.

Email anecdotes and memories to OP80@OxfordPlayhouse.com or drop a letter into the office.